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Satanic Cameos in the Bible
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:12 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

pow wow,

I worship God and only God. I read and believe that the Bible is written by men under the inspiration of God.

The problem is, as I have said before, the bible was written by a great many different people, from different times and cultures, all with sightly different messages, agendas and purposes motivating them. There are several different ideas of Satan, just as there are several different ideas of God and Jesus, different ideas of morality and the afterlife; this is just as we would expect from this kind of literature.

If you think the bible is internally consistent and literally true, and that it deals in facts rather than ideas and concepts, then (as far as I am concerned) you are going to be unable to discuss it in a useful way.

It seems to me that you became hostile because you felt my purpose in discussing Satan in the bible was to attack Christianity; well it wasn't and isn't, though I may have been dismissing a particular type of Christianity which clumsily tries to take myth, metaphor and allegory and insist that it is literally historically true.

My humble academic qualification is in English literature, so I am used to dissecting stories and sifting through them looking for themes and patterns of ideas and meanings, and it is that approach I employ when I consider the bible. I'm not used to people insisting that stories are literally true, because to make that claim is to miss the whole purpose of the story. If I write an essay on the history and character of Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream, or Miss Havisham from Great Expectations, then it's a total mental gear clash for me to encounter someone who insists that these are real people with actual thoughts, plans and feelings that I ought to take into account. Such an approach seems unhelpful, limiting and well ... a bit silly really.

This section is called Bible Study; it doesn't specify how the bible is to be studied. If I wish to study it as literature rather than scripture, then don't see the problem; it certainly shouldn't constitute an attack on your religion unless you insist upon viewing it that way.

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